Apple announced two new Macbook Airs on Wednesday - and they’re way more than speed-bumps. Think of them instead as a cross between the last-generation of the company’s ultra-thin laptop and the iPad. Apple offers two models - the 13.3-inch Air and - entirely new 11.6-inch model.

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At it's thickest point it's 0.68in and 0.11in thin at thinnest point. 

13.3in display and also an 11.6in version.

No optical drive, no hard drive, it's complete solid state storage: instant on, 2x faster than hard drives.

7 hours of wireless web for 13in, 5 hours on 11in.

Standby of 30 days.

Completely silent operation.

Apple MacBook Air

FaceTime Camera (no longer called iSight).

“MacBook Air is the first of a new generation of notebooks that leaves behind mechanical rotating storage in favour of solid state flash storage," said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO.

"We’ve taken what we have learned with the iPad—solid state storage, instant-on, amazing battery standby time, miniaturisation and lightweight construction, to create the new MacBook Air. With its amazing responsiveness and mobility, it will change the way we think about notebooks."

In the US, the new MacBook Air is priced from $999. In the UK, The 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air are immediately now via the Apple Store (www.apple.com/uk), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorised Resellers.

The 1.4 GHz 11-inch MacBook Air with 2GB of memory and 64GB of flash storage starts at a suggested retail price of £849.00 inc VAT (£722.55 ex VAT) with a 128GB model for £999.00 inc VAT (£850.21 ex VAT).

The 1.86 GHz 13-inch MacBook Air with 2GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage starts at a suggested retail price of £1,099.00 inc VAT (£935.32 ex VAT) with a 256GB model for £1,349.00 inc VAT (£1,148.09 ex VAT